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Why close “Variant Chess Effects”?

A newbie's question "Variant Chess Effects" was closed as "opinion-based" by a dogpile of experienced members, and as usual there was no welcome or explanation given. So I really don't understand the ...
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Why is this post marked as off-topic?

The following software related post has been marked as off-topic: How can I set up en passant in Popeye engine? The "specific"? reason given is that "the question does not appear to be about chess ...
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Why do we make small edits to very old posts?

Something I've noticed in the last few days (it's probably been going on longer than that, but a couple days ago it actually bit me, so I noticed it...) - why do we make minor edits (usually small ...
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Is the site going inactive?

I know there are many questions daily, but as someone with the privilege of having access to review queues, this seems concerning. The review queues, whenever I check them, are always completely empty....
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Is there a rule about not using chess engines to answer “what's the best move in this position” questions?

I refer here to tactics positions, where there is a clear winning (like a mate in n moves), not the ones about planning or strategy. The thing is I see people answering questions about tactical ...
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What is the difference between the [problems] and [puzzles] tags?

Both the problems tag and the puzzles tag seem to have very similar definitions, with problems being a little broader - perhaps puzzles ought to be a subset of problems? problems A chess problem ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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How to effectively curate expert content?

This is meant to collect ideas on how non-novices can use this SE with minimal distraction from novice and trivial content (aka fluff). Currently it seems that watch/ignore lists are the only means, ...
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Non-duplicate question closed as such

I've recently seen regarding capitalizing on opponents not knowing their openings. As you can see, it was closed as a duplicate of What is a good way to learn opening theory. While it is true that ...
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Why are there 10 times more questions on English openings than on Reti opening?

I am not sure if this questions will be more suitable for Chess Beta or Chess Meta. To play safe, I am asking it here: At this moment, there are 23 questions tagged as english-opening and only 2 ...
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Reopen question 'Chess principles for beginner'

The question Chess principles for beginner has been closed as too broad, but it is a very precise question about the validity and relevance of a particular set of principles. There is, in my honest ...
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What can we offer that other chess sites don't?

After reading this post about the scope of the site, and also seeing how this other one got closed (see this meta post for discussion), I started to think about what is it really that this site can/...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Chess's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Should the [planning] and [strategy] tags be merged?

The wiki for planning reads Questions relating to developing a strategy while in a game The wiki for strategy reads Questions relating to strategical play and long term planning in chess I see ...
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Do we want a reference question about the basic rules of chess?

So I noticed this question about the basic rules of chess has a (current) score of -3, but it has no close votes. I myself can't find an objective reason to close it based on the current standards. ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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What is the point of closing “off-topic” questions?

People often vote to close questions at the intersection of chess with some other discipline, arguing "that's really a [math|programming|etc.] question". Two recent examples are How do you calculate ...
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Is my question unclear?

Psychology (including confidence) is an important part of any competitive activity, especially chess, where nearly the whole competition is in the minds of the opponents. Preparation and practice help ...
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Why is this answer downvoted?

https://chess.stackexchange.com/a/24372/13147 It answers the question.
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Vote to reopen “Carlsen reaching 2900 in classical format?”

I've nominated the above question for reopening. Since it asks "Can" instead of "Will", I don't see it being primarily opinion-based. I believe an acceptable answer would be a matter of calculating ...
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Should the tag “advertisement” be removed?

The tag advertisement has no usage guidance and has no meaningful question tagged under it. Should we remove this tag?
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The case for expanding the scope of Chess.SE

So, I was looking at the Chess.SE site stats today - I found them quite impressive, for the most part. However, one statistic was - ahem - not so great. Area 51 says a healthy beta site has 10 ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Chess Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on June 3 to bring in two more moderators. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack ...
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Should we have a more specific definition of “chess variants”?

So I just ran across this puzzle, which has accumulated several close votes. I've seen other questions (kind of a flurry of questions) related to dobutsu-shogi "variant" of chess that had some ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Should different tag be used for questions that are essentially the same but with different move orders?

Say I would like to ask a question about black's options after e4 e5 f4 I would tag my question as "king's gambit" (perhaps with other tags, depending on the question itself). On the other hand, if ...
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Should the tag “Fischer” and the tag “Bobby-Fischer” be merged?

Here is the description of the tag "Fischer": Robert J. Fischer (1943-2008) was an American grandmaster and world chess champion. At the height of his skills (1972) he was peerless. He was known for ...
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How did my question reach 1000 views on a beta site in 9 hours?

I asked this question 9 hours ago and it has more than 1000 views, and this is a beta site. I've earned the popular badge too many times, never in one day as far as I remember, I might be wrong, it ...
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Should questions asking “which side is winning” be closed?

There are many similar questions on Chess SE. Examples are: Who is winning? Who is winning is this game of chess? Who is better here? [hard] Those questions can be easily answered by feeding the ...
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Tag synonym request

I've noticed that new gm tag has been created. I'd like to propose it be marked as a synonym of grandmaster. I do not have the rep to make the change myself.
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To encourage answers in terms of FIDE ratings

Summary: should, and can, answerers and commenters be encoraged to speak in terms of approximate FIDE ratings rather than of "ratings" of unspecified types? Details follow. Answers and comments ...
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Why is my question voted for being duplicate of another totally different question?

My question is flagged as "duplicate" of this question. However, what I ask is: Am I being a stargazer (or simply put, a fool) by attending international tournaments, or can I somehow improve my ...
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Are we about chess engines, chess engine configuration, and similar?

There are a lot of questions about chess engines. How to configure them. What the best ones are. Programming them. It's endless. Are these things about chess, or not. The first several questions, ...
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What are our PGN widget's limitations?

I have recently tried to post an answer containing the code for a PGN widget for a very long chess game (183 full-moves). Every attempt locks up the current tab in the browser. What limit is there, if ...
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Why is this question too opinion-based?

What are the general principles for playing hypermodern against hypermodern? (Or should I not?) Why would answers to a question like this be more opinion-based than, say, a question about opening ...
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Exit strategy: where would people go without Chess.SE?

Just discovered that a good SE got shutdown recently due to "poor business": http://productivity.stackexchange.com I expect it is only a matter of time before Chess.SE suffers the same fate. So, this ...
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Can we be kinder to newcomers?

This is, I hope, a "constructive subjective question", within the spirit of stackexchange. I am sometimes shocked in Chess Beta how apparently unwelcoming can be the responses to newcomers' questions....
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“Best response” questions and answers from database analysis

I’ve noticed that when there’s a question about “the best response” to some move in an opening, answerers will often cite a database of master-level games and respond with the top scoring responses in ...
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The sharper duplicate

Suppose that I have thought of a significantly sharper way to pose a question which has already been asked on this site. My question is a duplicate, but is likely to attract significantly better ...
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Policies towards “Find checkmate in x” type of posts

I am curious as to where our policies stand for posts that plainly ask for "Find me checkmate in x". To draw some analogy, e.g., on physics SE it's prohibited to simply paste exercises to be solved, ...
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Deleted questions and answers because of unclear writing

Occasionally there are posts being flagged to close, the most recent one I can think of is this one, that appear to be so because of unclear writing. In their original form, these posts should be ...
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What else can be done about incorrectly flagged posts?

I regularly see questions related to chess programming flagged as off-topic. As voted on in this meta question, they are on-topic. I vote to leave them open and continue, but is there anything else I ...
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Would questions about a chess book values be on topic?

I'm aware the questions about the value of a chess set are off-topic, however I'm wondering if questions about book values are on-topic. Specifically, I'm curious about why a certain book tends to be ...
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Is “Checkers” on topic?

Would anyone be interested in expanding the scope of this site to include "Checkers" by creating a "checkers-tag" for it?
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Any possibility for Chess to graduate?

This site has been active for years, but it's never popular. Most of us (including myself) are programmers on Stack Overflow migrating to here. This site is still a beta. Look at the number of ...
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Should we have a chess board feature implemented here at http://chess.stackexchange.com? [duplicate]

Should we have a chess board feature implemented here at http://chess.stackexchange.com?
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I received several downvotes on chess stack exchange without an obvious reason. What should I do?

On chess stack exchange, I recently received several downvotes without any reason I can think of. What should I do ? Should I flag the questions ? Ignore the downvotes ? The problem with the ...
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Is there a canonical question about Kings placing themselves in check?

Fairly often questions are asked which can be answered by "no, the king can not be in check while it is not your turn" (this one for example). Is there a question which answers these question in a ...
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Why Negative Marks at Forum's Oversight

Negative vote for this Question gives, bad impression of Forum. Check by Knight NxC3+ Move Implications None of forum's maintain this partiality Kind. I want to understand the Over All Governance of ...
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Redefine 'psychology' tag?

The tag psychology current has the following tag wiki excerpt: Questions relating to psychological influence on an opponent during a game. There are currently 55 questions with this tag, and not ...